Name - EDWARD HANDS (1st Fencible Division)
Enlisted - 18th June 1825
Ship - Recruited in New Zealand
Pension - Chelsea Pension 6d per day
Rank - Private
Unit - 58th Regiment of Foot Regimental No. 421
Born - Tralee, Ireland circa 1801
Abode - Onehunga
Parents - Edward Hands and Julia Connell
Status - Married, with at least one child
Wife - JULIA CONNELL born circa 1805 - died 5th July 1865 aged 60 years
Description - By trade a shoemaker, this man came to New Zealand on the ship "London" from Deptford to Hobart Town and later to Auckland by the ship "Louisa". He was discharged from the 58th Regiment at Auckland 11th November 1848.
Issue of EDWARD HANDS and JULIA CONNELL:-
PATRICK born circa 1828 = SARAH MOORE 26th November 1848
EDWARD HANDS was died 24th May 1861 aged 59 years and was buried at Onehunga. RG 1861/2189
JULIA HANDS née CONNELL was buried Onehunga 5th
July 1865, aged 60 years. RG 1865/57
PATRICK HANDS, bachelor, 21, Bandsman 58th Regiment, son of Edward Hands and Julia née Connell = SARAH MOORE, spinster, 16, daughter of Charles Moore and Elizabeth née Connell, at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Auckland 26th November 1849.
EDWARD CHARLES born 05. 07. 1851 = ........... ........... 1874/2593 as Charles Hands?
SELINA MARY born 13. 08. 1853 died infancy - RG 1848 to 1858/596 Auckland
SELINA SARAH born 12. 02. 1855 = FREDERICK WILLIAM MARTER 1876/201
PATRICK JOHN born 14. 12. 1857
PATRICK HANDS, husband of Sarah Moore, died pre 1874, probably at Onehunga.
SARAH HANDS, widow, née MOORE, 37, domestic duties = (2) JOHN COCK, bachelor, 30, boilermaker, 17th December 1874 at the Office of the Registrar, Shortland (Thames).
Witnesses - Selina Hands, Shortland, John Wade, Diviner, Thames, and Maggie Moore, Karaka. ##
There was apparently no issue of this second marriage, or at least, none have been found to date. The surname is spelled Hands and Hand in a similar number of instances but it is believed Hands is correct as that is the surname used by descendants.
Died 24th January 1897 at Albert Street, Auckland, SARAH COCK, female, of chronic disease of the liver for some years, jaundice and general decay some months, aged 60 years. Last seen alive by Dr Purchas 23rd January 1897. Buried at Onehunga 25th January 1897. Born Victoria, daughter of Charles Moore, carpenter, and Isabella Cannal, in New Zealand 50 years. Married (1) to Patrick Hands and (2) to John Cock. Male issue living at time of death - aged 44, 39. Female issue living - aged 37, 34, 28.
Informant - F. Little, undertaker, Auckland.
EDWARD CHARLES HANDS, bachelor, full age, elder son of Patrick Hands and Julia Connell possibly married 1874 as Charles Hands.
Their possible issue?:- all born at Thames
FLORENCE MAY born 26. 10. 1876
CLAUDE EDWIN born 01. 09. 1878
SELINA ISABELLA born 06. 11. 1880
BERTHA CATHERINE born 04. 11. 1882
ERIC CHARLES born 09. 02. 1885 = .............. .............. 1910/8409
EDWARD CHARLES HANDS died ??
WILLIAM ROBINSON, born circa 1851 at Plymouth, England, bush contractor = ALICE MAUDE HANDS, spinster, daughter of .............., born circa 1858.
This couple may not have actually married as all the above children were registered unde the name Hands.
ANN ROBINSON born 20. 02. 1878 = JOHN REEVES 26th August 1903
ALICE MAUD born 29 11. 1879
SARAH SELINA born 06. 11. 1881
WILLIAM JOHN born 14. 09. 1883 = ALICE McGOWAN 21st July 1915
FREDERICK ROBINSON born 09. 05. 1885
ALBERT ROBINSON born 08. 02. 1887
LINDA MAY ROBINSON born 31. 03. 1889
JOSEPH WILLIAM HANDS = MARY ALICE BRYANT RG 1883/573
ERIC CHARLES born 09. 02.1885 = ................ ............. 1910/8409
MABEL ALICE born 1888/1088 = NEVILLE VICTOR ROY JORDAN 1914/4154
WINIFRED ALTHEA born 1890/1071
LEAH MATILDA CHURCHILL born 1897/1621 = ............. BARNARD
MYRA ADELINE born 1898/3955 = ............. PETERS
CLARA HENRIETTA ALBERTA born 1901/1930 = ............. WRIGHT
ERIC CLIFTON born 04. 12. 1903 = WINIFRED WATSON
HAZEL GWENNETH born 1906/6157 = ............. STUBBS
ERIC CHARLES HANDS, bachelor, 25 = ............ ........... RG 1910/8409
LEONARD PATRICK born 1912/1579
DEATH OF MR E. C. HANDS
WORK FOR NATIONAL SERVICE
By Telegraph - Press Association Wellington, Wednesday
The death occurred this afternoon of Mr Eric Charles Hands, business manager of the National Broadcasting Service. Mr Hands was largely responsible for the development of the service in New Zealand. His technical knowledge, wide interests, and organising powers were extremely useful in the early days of broadcasting in the Dominion.
Mr Hands was born in 1885, joining the Post and Telegraph Department in Thames in 1899. His capabilities led to his appointment a few years later to the Pacific Cable Board's Station at Doubtless Bay, North Auckland. When he rejoined the Post and Telegraph Department he was transferred in 1927 to the telegraph division about two years later.
During the Murchison and Hawkes' Bay earthquakes and at the time of the disaster to the steamer Tahiti, the ability of Mr Hands to handle unusual problems was well exemplified. In december 1931, he was appointed general manager of the New Zealand Broadcasting Board until further notice, and in June 1932, he was appointed business manager.
Mr Hands is survived by his wife and one son.
Unfortunately, the date of this entry was not noted.
FREDERICK WILLIAM MARTER, bachelor, 24, painter = SELINA SARAH HANDS, spinster, 21, at St Matthew's Anglican Church, Auckland 15th January 1876.
SELINA SARAH ISABELLA born 1877/54 = (1) ............ ELLIS 1894 to 1910
= (2) ALFRED BRIGGS
SELINA SARAH MARTER, known to her family as Sissy, died 16th August 1879, aged 24 years. She was buried adjacent to her aunt, Barbara Moore née Price, in St Peter's Anglican Cemetery, Onehunga.
ERIC CLIFTON HANDS = WINIFRED WATSON circa 192?
YOLA YVONNE born circa 1930? = COLIN BARRACLOUGH